Official St. Olaf Honor Council Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honor Council Leadership:
Logan Flom, ’23, President
St. Olaf College has a truly impeccable reputation for the sheer rigor and integrity that it embodies in nearly all facets of academia. In fact, one of the main reasons St. Olaf stood out to me during my college search was the Honor Code. I was amazed with regard to the strong foundations of trust and integrity that were necessary to establish such a principle, and even more so when I learned that this principle has been in place for over a hundred years. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that my fellow students and I continue to uphold these edicts integral to the functioning of our College. However, while I acknowledge that it is necessary to establish responsibility and attribution for one’s actions, I believe that there is a necessity for compassion and understanding, too. It is my goal to ultimately combine these various principles together in order to further perpetuate the Honor Council and its mission of maintaining a College rich in integrity and rigor.
Kenny Beymer, ‘22, Vice President
English, Political Science
It is with no sense of ease that I write that, certainly, actions violating our school’s highly held Honor Code will be committed, and must be dealt with swiftly, and judiciously. Yet, somewhere within the scope of judiciousness lies the duty of justice and the call for compassion. It is with this mindset that I will approach every case of which I am a part. I will treat every party not as placeholders of the titles Implicated, Implicating, or Witness, but as individuals who have time, emotion, and character at stake. Most importantly, I will adjudicate each case with strict adherence to fairness to ensure that the outcome of every case in which I am involved reflects the ideals of the student body I was elected to represent and the expectations of the college we all attend.
Natalie Rowland, ’23, Secretary
The Honor Code serves not only as a foundation to student life at St. Olaf, but I believe it also represents a larger inherent role to motivate each individual student to strive for integrity and authenticity. It reinforces the personal responsibility of students in order to create a cohesive community, but it also realizes that it takes a group effort to establish the pattern of trust. This code helps create an environment in which making ethical decisions matters. For this reason, I believe it also offers room for students to grow and learn from mistakes, which can foster respect and trust. Through my position, I will be able to support classmates by contributing to the protection of academic integrity, which is a key cornerstone in the quality and rigor of the St. Olaf educational experience.
Honor Council Members:
Jacob Boettcher, ’22
Certainly, in an academic setting, there are times which call for consequences, both big and small. However, there are enduringly more circumstances which demand that a community provide opportunities for forgiveness and healing in the event of wrongdoing. Neither a single mistake, nor a single decision define who we are as people or Oles. It is rather a collection of choices and responses to adversity that direct the path that we take. I hope to bring this idea to the Honor Council in the hope that justice, mercy, and forgiveness serve as a method to fortify the community that we share on the Hill.
Jacob Zhang, ’22
Sydney Robson, ’22
Political Science, Psychology
Lizzy Strauss, ’22
Abby Halverson ’23
Sammy Martin ’23
I believe that the Honor Code is vital to St. Olaf’s indisputable reputation in terms of producing ethical, honest, and morally outstanding people. It is an absolute honor of mine to be able to serve on the council that upholds these fundamental values. I personally chose to come to St. Olaf partly because of the intricate and reputable relationship between the responsibilities given to each individual student and how the student body deals with breaches in such responsibilities. It is my goal to help sustain the reputation of St. Olaf by approaching all cases with sympathetic consideration while also upholding a stern understanding of justice and integrity.
Emily Wammer ’23
Mattea Gines, ‘24
For me, the Council is an honor and integrity system that allows for an educational opportunity for all participants. It is a huge privilege and responsibility to preserve the Honor Code of St. Olaf and uphold academic integrity, aid student moral reasoning development through questioning and reflection, and provide an example for students who are later confronted with the demands of citizenship. This system and Honor Code supports a level of trust between the St. Olaf community that is unmatched and definitely played an integral role in what drew me to the college this past year.
Charlotte Thompson ’24
Biology, Political Science
I believe that the Honor Code embraced by St. Olaf’s student body helps promote a more academically equal and fair environment for all St. Olaf students, and I am incredibly humbled to be an advocate for these principles because of how they allow St. Olaf students to hold themselves to this high standard of ethics and honesty and because these honor standards aim to provide encouragement for all students here to be their best and to put forth their best work. I have a passion for helping others succeed, and being a member of this council is giving me the privilege to do that. I am hoping to bring perspectives of fairness and thoughtfulness to the Honor Council, as I aspire to be an integral part of the Council’s presence on campus and to contribute constructively and equally to the Council’s informed decisions and verdicts.
Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council:
Professor Doug Casson